We hold these truths

Lauren on the trampoline

As Lauren and I were playing on the trampoline this morning, she jumped over to me and said, “Mommy, I have a question I want to ask you.”

“What’s your question sweetie?”

“Jesus,” she replied.

Lauren comes up to me multiple times a day “asking” me about Jesus. So this time, I asked her a question back.

“Lauren, what is one thing you know about Jesus?”

“Jesus loves me.”

“That’s right,” I said. “Jesus does love you. What else do you know about Jesus?”

“Jesus loves you!” she exclaimed.

That made me smile. “He does love me, too, doesn’t he? And can you name one more thing you know about Jesus?”

“Jesus is alive!!” Lauren proclaimed.

What simple, amazing truths my daughter spoke!

The love of Jesus is imprinted on her heart at the age of two. She knows Jesus loves her. She has no doubt. And, she loves him. She loves to sing to him and sing about him. She loves being in His house (church). She knows Jesus is love and came to die on the cross because of that love.

Is that same love real to you right now? It can be.

Begin where Lauren did today. Ask yourself, what do you know about Jesus? And as you answer, revel in the magnitude and extent of His love, and that He did it all for you.

For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

– Romans 8:38-39

Bargains

A hole appeared in Jackson’s brand new polo after the first wearing.

In a climate full of sales, bargains, deals, BOGO, coupons, generics and gimmicks, there comes a limit to a dollar saved being a dollar earned.

Case in point: generic Rice Krispies cereal really does taste like cardboard pieces. And the seam of a bonus-priced, back-to-school polo can rip right open in the first wearing, as we discovered with Jackson’s new shirt that he was so excited to wear to kindergarten.

In many cases, you get what you pay for.

Often we get sucked into glitzy promotions, promises and sales competition in the world of religious activity, too. We go into churches, conferences and service projects really looking for what we can get out of it, what offers us the most kickback at the greatest convenience. We window shop for the best programs at the cheapest level of personal investment and sacrifice. And then, at the first rip in the seam, we discard the effort and look for new. We reap what we sow.

Even those in healthy churches, who consistently and faithfully serve God in ministry, can shortchange our relationship with Jesus. We expect all the rewards of a life of faith without investing real time and effort in daily, personal Bible study and prayer. We want to see people’s lives be transformed by God’s love, but prefer someone else to actually do the Great Commission (see this distressing recent survey).

We are not savoring the greatest bargain of all time: Jesus’ life exchanged for our own. Jesus paid for all my sins, each mistake and every wrong turn. Too often, I miss reveling in the greatest deal I was ever offered – His beautiful, white garments of purity in exchange for my filthy, torn rags.

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

– 2 Corinthians 5:21

In this case, I got what He paid for.

That’s a deal worth telling everyone about!